Spandan is the annual intercollegiate cultural, literary and sports festival of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry, India. It is held during late August and early September.It runs over five days. Spandan is the largest medical inter-college festival in southern India and has participants from medical colleges all over India as well as from regional engineering colleges, commerce, arts, science and law colleges. The number of registered participants is around 5000 every year from over 50 colleges.
SPANDAN is an activity of medical college students of M.P.Shah Medical College, Jamnagar (Gujarat)(India), which is running since 1986. it is a will magazine when started, then converted into notice board on which student share their creativity in the from of self written and collected poems, stories, paintings etc.
In the 1960s and 1970s the JIPMER Students Association conducted an inter-collegiate sporting festival that included the Dr.S.S.Chaddha Memorial Hockey tournament and the Dr.S.L.Basu Memorial Football tournament. In 1978, the inter-collegiate sporting festival became Les Jeux and included basketball and badminton in addition to hockey and football. In 1980, cultural and literary events were added to the sporting events and were named Les Beaux Arts. In 1982, Les Jeux and Les Beaux Arts were folded into the overarching Spandan festival.
1964 - First Dr S S Chaddha Memorial Hockey Tournament 1969 - First Inter Medical Youth Festival 1971 - Second Inter Medical Youth Festival 1978 - First Les Jeux 1980 - First Les Beaux Arts 1982 - First Spandan
- La Lutte (Mediquiz)
- Les Beaux Arts (Cultural events)
The major cultural events are held at the Open Air Theatre in the evenings.The events being–
ALAAP – Indian music CHOREA – Theme & Non theme based Choreography DERNIER CRI – Fashion Show EUPHONY – Western Acoustics TINNITUS – Western Music
The Minor stage events ‘VAUDEVILLE’ comprise of Antakshari, Skit, Miming and Ad zap. Also there are several other events going on during the day time in many of the theatres and halls in the Institution Block.‘MOTIF’ includes sketching, painting, collage, face painting, mehendi, rangoli, photography and clay modelling.
- Les Litteraires (Literary events)
Literary events include-
TRIVIUM - Quiz, Dumb Charades, Pictionary, 90 seconds, What's The Good Word LOQUACITY - Debate, Just a minute, Extempore GRAFITTI - Creative Writing, Wall Magazine
- Les Jeux (Sports events)
The sports events include-
FORTIUS (Hockey and Football). CITIUS (Chess, Table Tennis and Badminton) ALTIUS (Basketball, Volleyball and Throwball)
Covering genres ranging from classical Indian music, Indian folk, to pop and rock, Spandan has been a host to renowned artists. The Raghu Dixit Project, Benny Dayal are just a few to name. Popular rock bands like Junkyard Groove, Roxygen and Parousia have performed at the Spandan stage.
- All-India inter-collegiate festival begins today; The Hindu, Tuesday, Aug 31, 2004
- JIPMER cultural fete to kick off on August 30; The Hindu, Sunday, Aug 28, 2005
- A chance to enjoy some good rock music; The Hindu, Thursday, Sep 01, 2005
- Jipmer's Spandan a time to relax and have fun; The Hindu, Saturday, Sep 02, 2006
- JIPMER’s MediQuiz to be held on September 9; The Hindu, Friday, Sep 07, 2007